Project Runway' recap: Blame it on the Casanova Season 8, Episode 1

Welcome back to fashion madness, now with 30 extra minutes! And just to stir things up around here, I’ve decided to acknowledge the new, supersized 90-minute Project Runway in inverse proportion. I’m trying to write shorter recaps than seasons past. May the pithy spirit of concision be with me!

So, onwards. In addition to the longer running time, the season 8 premiere messed with format a tad, with Heidi and Tim assessing the 17 (one more than the usual 16) contestants as they arrived via plane, boat, and train. Suitcases in tow, the designers made their way to the new home of New York Fashion Week, Lincoln Center (see ya, Bryant Park!), where Heidi and Tim told them each to choose one item from their suitcase. Why oh why did Casanova choose his $1070 Dolce & Gabbana pants? Couldn’t he see what was coming - that they’d each have to pass their chosen garment to the contestant to their right so that person could do what she pleased with it and incorporate into her own design? Apparently not. Oh, and the gang had just five hours to complete the project.

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